OET Listening Training
Do not rush to practice. During the first couple of days, try to familiarize yourself with listening. Try the following before starting to practice from the listening materials.
Listen to a conversation between a patient and a doctor/nurse on YouTube as much as possible. This would come in handy for the listening sections A & B
Next, listen to the ABC health news, Health Professional Radio and MJA podcast (toughest Australian accent). Below are their links;
The above audio channels include a variety of medical topics that will help you with the part C of listening.
OET loves to repeat topics in the Listening and Reading sections. These topics usually matches the health week.
Here is the link to the Health Week
Here are some of the repeated topics for listening in the OET:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chicken Pox
- Food allergy
- Coeliac Disease
- Palliative Care
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Venous Ulcer
Are you non-native to any of the English speaking countries? If yes, there are around 400 to 1600 words that you don’t easily understand just by hearing them spoken. To be familiar with them, you have to practice transcription.
What is Transcription?
- Open the Transcription pages below and listen to the audios with and without a headphone.
- Keep your notebook and pen/cil on the table.
- As the conversation is played back, write down each word and complete the entire audio. Transcribe means “write.”
- In case you need to listen to the audio again and again, that’s absolutely fine. You can pause, stop, play again, anything.
- After completing, check if any word is not written. Listen again and complete.
NB: You can type your transcription as a comment below and compare yours with the ones written by others.
Recommended: Do at least 10 to 20 transcriptions to reach 350 from 320.
Transcription Task 1
Write down the transcription of the following audios one after the other. Important! Do not leave any word. Write all!
Transcription Task 2
Transcription Task 3
Transcription Task 4
Transcription Task 5
Transcription Task 6
Transcription Task 7
Transcription Task 8
After a few weeks following the above, especially after 10 / 20 transcriptions, start practicing with the following guidelines:
Aim to score at least 20 out of 24 in the listening part A. Concentrate, focus and never think twice when you miss an answer and keep moving ahead. To identify your answer, mark keywords before and after the blanks.
Part B & C
Read the questions and options and mark keywords along with the prediction of an answer. Please listen to the conversation in its entirety. Sometimes the answer might be at the beginning and sometimes at the end. Hence, pay attention. Do not forget to try the exclusion method here.